Children In United States Get Jump Start On Addiction

In 1985, approximately 500,000 children were diagnosed with ADD/ADHD and put on medication. That number jumped 327% by 1999. Today, 6 million children are drugged due to an ADD/ADHD diagnosis. (CHAADA)

Both Ritalin and Adderall are stimulants classified as Schedule 2 narcotics. Cocaine is also in the same Schedule. Ritalin is more potent in a child’s brain than cocaine. A report by the Washingtonian states, “Adderall is “speed” in low doses. Methamphetamine, the drug made in clandestine labs that is tearing up families and communities across the country, is speed in high doses.” The US Drug Enforcement Agency categorizes Schedule 2 narcotics as substances that “have a high potential for abuse which may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.”

If we give our children amphetamines and other stimulants, then their brains learn to enjoy and need stimulants. These drugs work on the pleasure centers in the brain and change the way the brain works. It is no coincidence that the generation of kids who began using medications like Ritalin as children now have resulted in the Adderall epidemic at colleges across the nation.

A study by the Washingtonian found that approximately 25% of college students use Adderall, many of them illegally. Their article quotes one student at Georgetown University as saying, “During finals week here…campus turns into an Adderall drug den. Everyone from a cappella singers to newspaper writers become addicts, while anyone with a prescription and an understanding of the free market becomes an instant pusherman.”

Adderall addiction is real and its withdrawal involves extreme fatigue, debilitating depression, and changes in heart rhythm. Even worse, once a person begins using stimulants and gradually has to take more to get the same results, he or she often turns to other stimulants like cocaine and methamphetamine. The exorbitant diagnosing of children with ADD and ADHD is creating future addicts every day.

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